How many hours can I work

  • You should be able to work up to a maximum of 10 hours a week during semester time (see dates below). It is very important that you never work more than the maximum hours allowed, even for just one week. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.

    The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

    You should be able to work up to a maximum of 20 hours a week during semester time (see dates below). It is very important that you never work more than the maximum hours allowed, even for just one week. This would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.

    The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.
    • If you have permission to work, you can usually work full-time during your holidays. This differs depending on which course you are studying, for example, if you are a masters student the holiday period does not apply when you are writing your dissertation. During this period you are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
      For more details, see Semester Dates below.
    • The UKVI also consider the time after your course has finished until your visa ends as vacation time. However, if you have completed your course early, then the UKVI will shorten your visa so you will not be able to work for the full duration of your original visa.

    You cannot work if you have a Short-term Student visa or a Visitor as this would be a breach of your immigration conditions and a criminal offence.

    The University, as your sponsor, will have to report you to the Home Office if we discover that you are working when you shouldn't be.

  • Your employer should ask you to confirm what your semester dates are so they know how many hours you are allowed to work. They can view your semester dates below and you can provide them with an attendance letter from Student Central to confirm the course you are studying.

    Semester dates

  • Refer to the dates of the Undergraduate Modular Programme. You can get a verified (embossed) copy of the above dates from Student Central.
    Refer to the dates of the Postgraduate Taught programme (except for students studying MA in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding and MSc Real Estate Investment Finance who should contact their Programme Administrator). You can get a verified (embossed) copy of the Postgraduate Taught programme dates from Student Central.
    - Semester 1: 20 September 2021 - 10 December 2021
    - Semester 2: 24 January 2022 - 29 April 2022 (including Easter break)
    - Semester 3: 6 June 2022 - 26 August 2022

    Students doing the Graduate Diploma in Law or doing term rather than semester based courses (e.g. education courses) need to check their semester dates with their Programme Administrator.

    If you are studying at an Associate College Partner then you will need to contact your college directly to check your semester dates.